Parish Council: vacancy for councillor

Would you like to join Goostrey’s Parish Council ?

There is currently a vacancy for a councillor to be co-opted onto the Parish Council; if you are interested in applying please send an e-mail or letter to the Clerk explaining why you are interested and what you think you would contribute to the Parish.

*Application letters must reach the council by 5pm on 24th Oct.

For more details on what is involved contact Sharon Jones, the Parish Clerk:

Phone: 01477 535825 or


Write: Sharon Jones, The Village Hall, Goostrey CW4 8PE

Last day for comments on the Grange 8

Today is the last day for submitting comments on the application for 8 houses at The Grange Livery’s stables and menage off Station Road.  Click the link to CEC planning portal: 18/4079C.   (Your name is required but it won’t show on the objection)

Goostrey Parish Council voted to object last night, due to the conflict with policies in the Neighbourhood Plan and supporting JBO – if they object.

Jodrell Bank Observatory are, LG believes, most likely to object – having previously objected to 6 houses opposite Mt Pleasant, 3 next to the Red Lion and 6 at Swallowdale behind it, all at a greater distance.

The application itself is for outline planning (generally used to find out if the scale and nature of a proposal will be acceptable without incurring costs before final details are submitted at ‘reserved matters’ stage).

CEC’s draft Site Allocations document states that no allocation for further houses or sites are required for Goostrey.

Link to LoveGoostrey page


Scout Bonfire, Hiking and Washing up – the fundraising continues!

Not only was The Goostrey Bonfire and Firework Night a lot of fun but it also raised nearly £5000 towards repaying the outstanding loan of £50,000 towards the new Scout Hut and youth centre.

For the first time on Bonfire Night, the car park of the new Scout Hut was the venue for hospitality – including BBQ food served by Scout helpers – and the funfair held in the play area behind the hut. The magnificent bonfire and fireworks took centre stage on the adjacent field.

Brilliant bonfire by Deborah Goldsmith

2017 Brilliant bonfire; Deborah Goldsmith

Group Scout Leader, David Giles said: “Thanks to all who attended the Bonfire Night event and everyone who helped on the night to make it such a success. I am thrilled that the evening raised more than £4,750 – including a generous £1000 contribution from Barclays Bank from its “£ for £” scheme. ”

Even more money was raised by the scout section this month; a sponsored hike and lots of washing up!

The sponsored hike – postponed from late October – was held over the weekend of 18-19 November.  More than £800 was raised by the 22 scouts and 10 leaders from 1st Goostrey Scouts when they walked a 40km section of the Sandstone trail over two days to raise funds for the Scout Hut and Youth Centre. The route was from Frodsham to Bickerton – passing both Beeston and Peckforton Castles.  Congratulations to all the scouts, their families and their leaders!

Many thanks to all who sponsored our intrepid scouts, and if other residents would like to join in, donations would be very welcome at:

The same weekend, other scouts who did the washing up after the senior citizens’ Christmas Lunch on 19 November “earned” a further £130 towards the Scout Hut, including a donation of £100 from Goostrey Parish Council.  Well done all!


Christmas lunch. Photo John Williams

Donations can be made directly to the Scout Hut and Youth Centre at:
Dates for the diary:

Sunday 3rd December 2017 – Come to the annual Christmas Lights Switch On at the Bogbean – from 5 pm onwards, organised by 1st Goostrey Scouts on behalf of the Parish Council. There is something for everyone: bring children to meet Santa, listen to a wonderful brass band and join in singing Christmas Carols, enjoy lovely BBQ food, hot drinks and mulled wine, and browse at Christmas Stalls.

Christmas Post – Collections from 1st – 19 December

Once again the scouts are running a Christmas post, delivering Christmas cards around Goostrey and Holmes Chapel to raise funds. The cost is 30p per envelope. Please put your cards and money (or cheque payable to 1st Goostrey Scouts) in a bag and pop these into the special post boxes to be found in Goostrey News, the Trading Post or at the Scout Hut.

6 December and 9 December – Father Christmas will be arriving on his sleigh and visiting Goostrey West in the evening of Wed 6 December, and Goostrey East on Sat 9 December, thanks to the generous support from the Rotary Club of Holmes Chapel and District.

Booking enquiries for the Scout Hut – whether for the main hall, the upstairs room or the Ian Godfrey Meeting Room – please contact: Group Treasurer, Mrs Beverley Giles, on: 01477 535634.
For further information re: 1st Goostrey Scouts, please contact:
David Giles, Group Scout Leader – tel: 01477 535634; Email:

Neighbourhood Plan referendum 17th August 2017

The Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan for Goostrey is now finished, approved by the Examiner, and will go to a public vote in a referendum on Thursday 17th August when Goostrey residents will be able to vote for it to be adopted.  If you will be away and can’t vote in person you can easily apply through the following links for a Postal Vote or a Proxy Vote  but must do so by 31st July.

We encourage everyone to vote “YES” for the Plan; designed to deliver the Vision via a set of Policies that reflect the views expressed by residents in the village questionnaire back in 2015 after the Parish Council first set up the Neighbourhood Plan Committee.

You can read the full plan – click on the link Goostrey Neighbourhood Plan  – which will only be adopted if more people vote ‘yes’ than ‘no’.

Paper copies are available for inspection from 3rd July in the Parish Office  (01477 535825).

All residents of Goostrey Parish on the Electoral Register will be able to vote – the question will be:

  • ‘Do you want Cheshire East Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Goostrey to help it decide Planning Applications in the Neighbourhood Area?’

Referendum is Thursday 17th August 2017.

A pictorial of Goostrey Vision and Policies

New councillor: note new date 27 May

We see there is a vacancy for a new councillor on Goostrey Parish Council. If you feel that you would be interested click the link below to read the info on the parish council website below and contact the clerk if you wish to apply:

Parish councillor vacancy. [GPC website]

Applications must reach the clerk by 5pm on Friday 27th May 2016.


Parish Council donate to Scout Hut

Goostrey Parish Council have voted to donate a further £50,000 towards the cost of building the new Scout Hut/Youth Centre.

“The Parish Council appreciates the extraordinary efforts that the scouts have put into raising funds for this community project and is delighted with the success they have had so far.

We also appreciate that Goostrey residents have been the main contributors to the fundraising and that their generosity and support has encouraged the Council to make this further generous donation.  This will both secure the WREN Grant that has been offered to the Scouts and we hope will act as a spur for further donations to complete the project.”  GPC